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Here’s a quick and dirty picture update that my wife took of me with a cell phone while we were getting dressed to go out for the night.
I feel light, healthy, fast and young, even at 42. The best thing is this condition has never been easier or sustained for longer.
Which I regret that the first 3 decades of my life were a series of obsessive exercise and dieting, interlaced with constant weight struggles, easily ballooning up and then killing myself to lean down for only a couple of weeks before blowing up again.
Returning love handles and disappearing abdominal muscles were predictably regular. After so long I just accepted this constant cycle in quiet disappointment. Perhaps it was the driver behind my perpetual exploration into exercise science and experimentation of a million fat-loss diets.
Ironically, in the end exercise and diet for health and leanness need not be as complicated as the science implies.
I’ve managed to break free from an obsessive focus on diet and exercise, and liberated myself with a simpler and more sustainable lifestyle.
My exercise over the years has also changed dramatically, itself becoming less obsessive in schedule and structure, and becoming more instinctive and liberating.
My exercise now has a few basics:
- Elevate heart rate
- Vary types and speed of movement
- 5 to 20 minutes*
- Repeat at least a couple times a week, more is fine, too much is stupid
That’s it. Move around a lot for the rest of the week.
And eat mostly whole, real food. But also enjoy dessert and other foods the diet militants freak out about. Don’t eat more than your body need through time.
Keep it simple. Intermittent fasting helps.
* Not including warm-ups.